Manaslu Trekking - 16 days

Manaslu Trekking

Manaslu trekking offers a unique opportunity to experience the Manaslu and Ganesh Himal areas lying in the north of Nepal neighboring to the Tibetan border and the eastern Annapurna region. This area is relatively unknown to trekkers due to its relatively recent discovery in the 1950's when Tilman first visited. This is not to say that it is not famous; Manaslu is the seventh highest mountain in the world. Not only does it have an important place among the world's highest peaks, but also has a unique environment and exceptionally rich bio-diversity, which has made this region a fascinating destination. This area is full of unparalleled features such as enormous cultural diversity, natural scenery along with the majestic Himalayan ranges, a combination of fascinating flora and fauna and amazingly romantic high altitude glacier lakes. In spite of its recent opening in 1991, it has now become a pillar of Nepal's economic infrastructure .

Manaslu and Ganesh Himal appear from a distant horizon to be shimmering mountains hanging, attaching only to the earth by thin silvers of mist. Terraces are supported by the foothills and lower valleys and water buffalo plough and provide milk and meat, reflecting the natural life of the villagers. Traditional homes found in this area are full of cultural handicrafts and paintings done in the traditional manner. During the blossoming season, bananas are abundant and cicadas gather in the trees. The trek to Manaslu through the Budhi Gandaki gorge is continuous ascents and descents, from which may arise a few problems for the inexperienced / new trekkers. Being an adventurous trekker however, you can meet thousands of other brave hearts irrespective of cultural difference.

Highlights

  • High altitude trek to Larke Pass (5,350 metres)
  • Magnificent views the Himalayas including Siringi Himal, the Pangboche Peak, Mt Himalchuli and Mt Manaslu (8,163 metres)
  • Animals and vegetation: from tropical to subtropical to Temperate to sub-alpine to alpine beyond the tree-line, with forests home to many animals including the black-face-white-fur Langoors, white-on-the-tail but brown-overall deer as well as the kalij pheasant
  • Passes through numerous villages the ones that are found in the Hilly and Mountainous areas of Nepal

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. Pick up and transfer to hotel.

Day 02 : Trip preparation day in Kathmandu .overnight at Hotel.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Arughat (570m), 6-7 hrs drive by local bus and 2 hours drive to Sotikhola (600m) Overnight at guest house.

Day 04:Sotikhola to Machhakhola (570m), 5 - 6 hours walking.Overnight at guest house.

Day 05:,Machhakhola to Jagat (1,370m), 5 - 6 hours walking. Overnight at guest house.

Day 06: Jagat to Deng (1,920m), 6 - 7 hours walking. Overnight at guest house.

Day 07: Deng to Namrung(2250) 6~7hours walking. Overnight at guest house.

Day 08: Namrung to Sama Gaun (3,450m), 6 hours walking. Overnight at guest house.

Day 09: Acclimatization day at Sama Gaun. 6 hours walking. Overnight at guest house.

Day 10: Sama Gaun to Samdo (3,780m), 3-4 hours walking. Overnight at guest house.

Day 11: Samdo to  Dharmasala (4,460m), 3 - 4 hours walking. Overnight at guest house.

Day 12: Dharmasala to Cross the Larkya La (5,135m) and trek to Bimtang (3,630m), 7 - 8 hours walking. Overnight at guest house.

Day 13: Bimtang to Goa (2,400m), 5 - 6 hours walking. Overnight at guest house.

Day 14: Goa to  Dharapani  (1,430m) and drive to Besihar. 2-3 hours trek and 4-5 hours driving.Overnight at guest house.

Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu buy Local Bus. 5~6 hours. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 16: Transfer to airport for your departure from Nepal.

Useful Info

About Accommodation.
In Kathmandu, we will accommodate you at Hotel Himalayan Traveller's Inn, and In Pokhara at Hotel Trekkers' Inn. Local lodges accommodation provided during the trek on twin sharing basis. Hotel in Kathmandu and in Pokhara comes with private bathroom , however in mountain, toilet and shower will be on sharing basis. In the busy months, (October/November & April/ May) you may have to share the room with other traveler as some villages have limited number of local lodges .

About Meal
You can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as continental , Italian, Indian and Tibetan. Dinner and breakfast serve at the teahouse where we stay and lunch will be served on the way to next destination. In Kathmandu and in Pokhara, only breakfast is provided. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, no worries, Nepal is such a easy place to get several vegetarian options.

About Staff:
A Guide and a porter assist you from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. In a group with more than 8 clients, 2 guide will be provided. A porter provided for 2 trekkers, and carries between 15 to 20 K.G.

About Equipments

Following Equipment list is recommended to bring for the trek.
Down Sleeping Bag, Down Jacket, Long sleeved shirt, Jumper or fleecy jacket, T – shirts, Trekking shoes or boots, Comfy shoes for around the camp, thick and warm woolen socks, Light cotton socks , A day bag to carry your valuable, Sun hat, Woolen hat, Gloves, rain coat, Sun block, lip balm , Goggles or sunglasses, Long underwear, Thermal wear, Nylon windbreaker, Nylon wind pants, Water bottle, Sewing kit, Medical & first aid kit, Flash light, Batteries and bulbs, Swiss army knife, Towel and toiletries etc.

Physical Fitness and experience
Manaslu Trek is a moderate which is fit for those who has the ability to walk 5-6 hours ups and down in a day carrying own day bag. Some days are even longer with 7- 8 hours of walking. Manaslu  is high altitude trek which demands more physical fitness,however if you are strongly determined and have excellent health and average physical fitness can complete this trek. Few weeks prior to the trip, doing some physical exercise is better . No technical skill is needed however past experience also helps . If you are taking medicine for heart, lung or for blood diseases, please kindly consult your doctor and inform to Vista Trek P. Ltd.

About Insurance,
You have to obtain the travel insurance which should cover emergency evacuation and medical expenses. Some Insurance policy's cover only up to 4000 meter, so please kindly confirm with the insurance company before you purchase it.

About Seasons
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for Manaslu Trek. You can do it in winter (December to February )if you are used to with extreme cold temperature.

About Bus Drive
Highway in Nepal are safe, however sometime transport can be halted due to landslide , strike or by political issues. In such case trip itinerary will be affected. Thus, we would like to request you to add few days extra in Kathmandu. If you complete your trip smoothly, then you can enjoy your time with other activities like sightseeing, White water rafting. Jungle activities or more.

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Detail Itinerary

DAY 1     Arrival in Kathmandu (1,370 metres)

  • Upon arrival at Tribhuwan Intl Airport in Kathmandu, a representative from Vista Trek waiting, well in time, to receive you, shall welcome you to this land of the towering Himalayas. Once reaching your hotel in a car from the airport, all you need to do is check in and enjoy the refreshment served.
  • We then visit the Vista Trek office for discussion on trekking, introduction to the guide and porter and settlement of dues if any. Since you often still have some time left for a walk around Thamel, you can do so if you please.

DAY 2     Kathmandu to Sotikhola (730 metres: around 9-hour drive)

  • We head off to Sotikhola on a local bus early morning. Along the banks of the famous Trishuli River for some time before turning right on the highway to Gorkha, this almost 9-hour journey takes all its passengers on a ride, albeit with some bumps here and there, through numerous settlements, offering the views of some of the Himalayas to the North, almost all along the way. This hilly travel, if we remain alert, presents us with glimpses of the famous Gorkha Palace as well as the Kalika Temple as the highway passes through Gorkha. With guaranteed two stops for breakfast and lunch, the bus ride comes to its final stop in Sotikhola. Sotikhola bazaar, a small settlement built on the banks of Budi Gandaki, but named after a small stream the Soti Khola, has grown in popularity as a trailhead for Manaslu Trek, challenging this honour from Arughat, the preferred trailhead until of late. Consequently, the place has been adding more comfort to the accommodation services. Do not expect attached bathrooms, though. Shower, on the other hand, is possible.
  • We spend the night here.

DAY 3     Sotikhola to Machhakhola (970 metres; abour 5-6-hour walk)

  • After breakfast, we walk for roughly three hours to Lapubeshi. This slight uphill, with an exception of a fifteen minute sharp one on the way, runs all the way along the banks of Budi Gandaki and through gigantic hills and dense forests at places. Lapubeshi is a typical Gurung Village with approximately 70-80 hourseholds. The village, with houses made of stone walls, mixed stone and fibre sheet roofs, with one or two concrete ones these days and terraced farming on the slopes of large hills, offers a view that asks for some exploring around. The view also includes the whole Ganesh Himal Range with Mt Siringi in front. Lunch menu includes Nepali meal and pastas along with a few other options.
  • After lunch, we walk again for about another three hours to Machhhakhola. The route, similar to the one traversed just a while ago, also includes a beautiful big waterfall to the left as we walk with Budi Gandaki to the right. The fall looks spectacular from a suspension bridge over a small stream on the way. Machhakhola, a place with Gurung dominance, rests on a landscape very different from the open Lapubeshi. Result … houses in a cluster.
  • We spend the night here on this third day.

DAY 4     Machhakhola to Jagat (1,600 metres; nearly 5-6-hour walk)

  • After breakfast, we walk for nearly two hours to Tatopani. Passing through an uttis-bamboo forest, dense mostly but thinner at places, the first two hours or so to Khorlabeshi is mostly flat with gradual uphills at places. This forest is home to many animals including the black-face-white-fur Langoors, white-on-the-tail but brown-overall deer as well as the kalij pheasant, the ones we are very likely to encounter. The trail also happens to run along the banks of Budi Gandaki with no roads in view. Arrival in Khorlabeshi and it’s time for a tea break. The next hour and a half’s walk on a similar route and we reach Tatopani, our stopover for lunch. Hot springs with only showers for now are what keep many indulged for some time.
  • After our time in Tatopani, we walk again for nearly two hours to Dovan. Up a comfortable uphill and through a landscape similar to the ones before, the route now reaches Dovan, a small village with only a few constructions. One highlight of this small village is a primary school, where children from other villages nearby such as Ueeye, which is about two hours’ uphill even for the trained legs of the locals, come to attend classes.
  • We walk again for the next two hours to Jagat. The trail, mostly flat with short uphills at places, is located in a place where the weather is cooler than before. The forest now gradually becomes thinner and thinner. Jagat, a big village on the banks of Budi Gandiki, also happens to be the check-point for permits.
  • We spend the night here.

DAY 5     Jagat to Deng (2,100 metres: 5-6-hour walk)

  • After breakfast, we walk for around two and a half hours to Philim. The route from here on is first an hour of almost flat trail to Salleri, then a gradual uphill. With the gradual loss of forest in the area, the path turns steep for the next half an hour or so before finally leading to Philim, surrounded by big hills and relatively open. The infrastructure also includes a high school, some clinics and a helipad. It is not only the coolness that attracts many but also the view of Mt Siringi close in front to the North. We stop for lunch here.
  • After breakfast, we walk for about 3 hours to Pewa. Mostly straight, the route chooses to turn left for this journey to Dang and leaving the oneon the right that goes to Tsum Valley.The forest re-emerges once again and slowly becomes dense. Pewa, with only two service providers for trekkers, is our stopover for lunch at a riverside restaurant.
  • After lunch, we walk again for around two and a half hours to Deng. This gradual uphill easy on the legs sees the forest very gradually thinning out, changing to a pretty terrain after around 2 hours. Deng is a small village of only around a dozen structures. Providing basic accommodation facilities such as a normal hotel or a lodge with showers, the place exhibits noticeable change in cultural practices, now with a distinct Tibetan feel which continues from here on.

DAY 6     Deng to Namrung (2,600 metres; 5-6-hour walk)

  • After breakfast, we walk for about 3 hours to Lho. The trail is mostly uphill but steeper than before and more open. Lho, a medium-sized village, is where we stop for lunch.
  • After lunch, we walk again for another 3 hours to Namrung. After an initial straight route for about half an hour, the trail turns uphill, very steep and through a very dense forest, filled mostly with huge trees of Salla and rhododendrons. Namrung with six guest houses as of January 2016, is also a check post. Playing cards even for fun purposes is restricted in the area except on Saturdays and the law of this land is applicable to even the tourists.On hire for personal transportation purposes are the yaks, mulesand horses.
  • We spend the night here.

DAY 7     Namrung to Sama Gaon (3,500 metres; 5-6-hour walk)

  • After breakfast, we walk for about 3 hours to Lhi. The route is straight for an hour or so before going round a hill. With the Ganesh Himal Range to the back, Mt Siringi to the right coming closer and closer and, in the next 20 odd minutes, Mt Hiunchuli joining the view in front, the walk to Lhi continues. As the Ganesh Himal Range slowly disappears from the back, the path turns into a few short sharp uphills. With the forest giving way to farmland, the landscape suggests the arrival of Lhi, a village with a monastery. Lhi offers a view that includes Siringi Himal, the Pangboche Peak, Himalchuli, a glimpse Mt Manaslu as well as the Naike Peak.We stop for lunch here.
  • After lunch, we walk again for another 3 hours to Sama Gaun. A sharp uphill continues for 2 hours before arriving in Shyala. The view from Shyala has the whole of Manaslu Range up close. Another one hour of straight trail easy on the legs takes us to Sama Gaun.The village, the biggest so far, is a fully functional town with most facilities:big monasteries, a high school, a much better health post. There are no major roads, however. The use of mules and yaks for transporting goods is common here.

DAY 8     Rest for acclimatization

  • A walk around the village, an inspection into the local way of animal husbandry dominated by yaks, some shoppingof local goods and an hour’s hike to the Birendra Lake fed by the Manaslu glacier are the activities favoured by most resting for acclimatization here.
  • For those interested as well as physically very fit and after a day of acclimatization, a grueling climb of 5 hours to the Manaslu Base Camp (5,400 metres) with a steep downhill for 3 hours as the walk back is what comes as one more challenge to test their endurance. As there aren’t any settlements on the way, this venture requires those willing to carry everything including food and water. This is an adventure with risks and sees a rapiddecline in vegetation the way up. Once in MBC, it is the Manaslu Glacier and the Manaslu Peakare what attract attention. This addition, however, calls for one more rest day.

DAY 9     Sama Gaon to Samdho (3,900 metres; at most 4-hour walk)

  • After breakfast, we walk the whole way to Samdhu. With no settlements on the way, theslight uphill, a lot easier on the legs, turns steep in its final 20 minutes or so.After about half an hour,most of the mountains slowly disappear from sight as Pangbuche Peak takes over.The vegetation too becomes alpine, with only shrubs and grasses. Samdhu, a village with slightly more than a hundred households, is a place where potatoes are one of the only few produce possible in the area. After lunch, the very strong also choose to walk to the viewpoint from the top of the Samdhu hill, a walk of around three hours up a very steep uphill.
  • Spend the night here.

DAY 10  Samdho to Dharmashala (4,400 metres; almost 4-hour walk)

  • After breakfast, we walk all the way to Dharmashala. Along bare hills and towards rocky elevations, the route is a mix of steep and gradual uphills. Dharmashala, a stopover with only one construction that accommodates 35 people, is where we stop for lunch as well as for the night. The place also comeswith dormitory-style big tents, which often feels warmer than the rooms and accommodates 120 people maximum in peak season.For some, the thinning of the air now starts taking its toll.
  • Spend the night here.

DAY11   Dharmashala to Bhimthan (3,550 metres; 9-hour walk) via Larke Pass (5,350 metres)

  • Early morning, before 5 am, we start walking for about four and a half hours to Larke Pass.We start off with a cup of tea or coffee along with a bowl of hot soup.Starting early allows people to avoid the fierce cold wind once in the Pass.Although the route, a combination of some steep and gradual climbs, is a relief for many, the altitude makes things difficult, affecting even the appetite in many.As the landscape turns more barren and rocks and their debris take over, only a few mosses and lichens are able to continue the struggle for existence.Once atop the Pass, the abundance of prayer flags indicates the respect people hold for the place.It takes about half an hour to cross the Pass, which is also the border that enters Manang District.
  • After crossing the Pass, a long gradual downhill awaits everyone.After half an hour, Larke Peak closes in, Pongkir Peak and the top of Annapurna I are the ones to follow, further down half an hour, Pongkir Lake joins the view. We have our lunch here. With the landscape now allowing some vegetation,the route enters Bhimthan, a stopover specially designed for trekkers and now has around 60-65 hotels. Theview the place offers is the East Manaslu Range to the right. Naike Peak to the South and Hiunalchuli Range to the North.
  • Spend the night here.

DAY 12  Bhimthan to Goa (2,400 metres; about 6 hours walk)

  • After breakfast, we walk for about almost 4 hours to Surki. With very narrow footpaths on edges at places, the trail walks us through a big forest down a gradual decline with Mt Manaslu to the left.Surki is a small village with around only half a dozen houses, now also serves through its teahouses, highlighting the impact of tourism on economic activities even in the remote parts of the world;
  • From Surki, it’s two hours more to Goa. The route is similar to the one previous; but the forest slowly becomes thinner as human settlements encroach land for their purposes.The view therefore changes with the landscapenow filled with farmlands of maze or wheat or potatoes and clustered houses. Goa, a relatively new settlement with 50-60 constructions encouraged by trekking to add necessary value, is situated on an ideal location as a view point for the whole Manaslu Range.In the past, Tiliche and Dharapani were the two most preferred stopovers.

DAY 13  Goa to Beshisahar (1,400 metres; about 9-hour travel)

  • After breakfast, we walk for about 3 hours to Dharapani. A downhill easy on the legs, the way walks everyone through either hills with grasses, shrubs and sparsely populated trees or farmlands or villages; Dharapani, on the highway to Manang, is our stopover for lunch. Entering the Annapurna Conservation Area from Manaslu Conservation Area againrequires a permit; and this is the check-point.
  • After lunch, we head off to Beshisahar on a local transportation. Beshisahar, a small town with Gurung dominance, has grown in popularity as a trailhead for Annapurna Circuit Trek since the 1990s.
  • Spend the night in Beshisahar.

DAY 14  Beshisahar to Kathmandu

  • We head off to Kathmandu on a local bus early morning. Along the banks of the famous Trishuli and Marshyndi river, this almost 6-hour journey takes all its passengers on a ride, albeit with some bumps here and there, through numerous important settlements. With guaranteed two stops for breakfast and lunch, the bus ride comes to its final stop in Kathmandu.
  • In the evening, allow us the pleasure of your company during the fare-well dinner organized by Vista Trek.
  • Spend the night in a hotel.

DAY 15  Departure from Nepal

  • If you have a morning flight, we leave for Tribhuwan Intl Airport early morning in a car arranged by thecompany.
  • If your flight is in the late afternoon or evening, only your WILL shall dictate your involvement or indulgence as you may please before leaving for Tribhuwan Intl Airport in the vehicle.

Cost Includes

  • Pick up and transfer by car from Airport-Hotel-Airport.
  • 4 nights standard hotel accommodation.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea during the trek.
  • Local lodges accommodation during the trek.
  • Government licensed guide,plus experience porter ( including his food, salary, accommodation, equipment, medicine & insurance).
  • All local transportation by bus as per the itinerary.(Jeep driving from Khursanipani and Besisahar-, bus to Besisahar -kathmandu)
  • All necessary permits and entry fees including Trekking permit to Manaslu.
  • Medical kit box.
  • Rescue assistance.
  • All government taxes.
  • Necessary equipment (sleeping bags, down jackets etc. if needed).
  • Our service charge.

Cost Excludes

  • Meals in Kathmandu.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee ($40).
  • Your travel insurance (should include your medical and rescue).
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Bar bills.
  • Staff & driver tipping.

Single Supplement Charge: $ 200

Trip Review

Alex H Yogyakarta

I did Manaslu circuit trek in November with my girlfriend. I am fully satisfied with the service received from Vista Trek. Owner Devendra always helpful and replied always on time all of our questions. We were little bit worried about the route since epicenter was close of earthquake. We didn't have any problem during the trek. There are some villages yet to be re-built, however most of the lodges are ready to host with their basic service. Our guide Gore was very helpful and experience in the route. He took care every moment that without him we couldn't have done it. I fully recommend Vista Trek and team and thanks them for all of their hel..

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Bukitbd Penang

I didn't know how to start my trek as I was there in Nepal without any planning. I met an English guy who has used Vista Trek service and recommended me. From the beginning to the end, everything went perfectly well. Devendra my tour operator, he was always there to help you and gives you all the information with smile with best Nepali tea . Guide Gore was also excellent and well experience. He carried my bag on the Larkya pass which was amazing service. After I really recommend Vista Trek and will be back there sometime again for another trek. I would like to thank you Devendra and Gore for nice Manaslu Tr..

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